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Joohee Chun

Winchester School of Art (MA Painting, 2008 / 2007)


What is your favourite film of all time?

'Gone with the Wind'I was falling love with Scarlet.

What music are you currently listening to and why?

I love to hear Classic FM radio when I do paintings. It makes me think and relax.

Which living artists do you most admire and why?

Louise Bourgeois _ I want to do my art in my whole life time like her. Richard Wright_ I was stand the front of his wall painting for a long time. It was the most absorbing piece I have ever seen.Peter Doig- His oil painting is profoundly deep. I love his colours of his painting. Keith Tyson_ Specially, I like his series called, Methematical Nature Painting, and he explored diverse way to find his paintings. I was surprised to see his book. It’s totally different art approaching.

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

Joan Miro- I saw his work in Spain. It was different by text book picture. I like his bold paintings. I can feel his confidence. His painting is breathing in surrounding space.Marc Shagall- I love his Stained Glass. His work was my starting motto of my painting to admire light in my painting.

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

Louise Bourgeois exhibition in Korea. This is the first exhibition I cannot move the front of her work. I can feel her life and her suffering with father. It was obvious, strong and honest expression of art. She is never stop her work through her life. I admire her attitude tower art.

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

Actually, I don’t like this questiion, but most frequently I’ve got from viewer is “What is material of your painting?”. They are curious about my painting material first. I am always answer honestly. “It’s acrylic transparent medium”

What / who inspired you to be an artist?

Artist is my dream from my age of 12. It was never changed.I inspired by my mom. She listened to my mind to be an artist and supported me. The motto of her life is “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. …what is seen was not made out of what was visible. [Heb 11:1-2]” And it became my motto of my art in my life. She always say “You can be a greatest artist in the world” By faith, I make my art.

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?

In my gap year, I cannot draw anything I went to India. I could not be happy without painting. Nothing else could fill my inside but painting. I felt empty when I couldn’t draw. At that time I realize, my destiny to be an artist for my life time. Now I’m make my art in London.

What do you like most about being an artist?

I have all my freedom to manage myself. Exhibition is always giving me excitement of being present. I am enjoying with viewer who can feel my art deeply. Painting is the only method to express my deep feeling to the world. I can’t think any way to have other job except artist.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

I can’t say greatest achievement….Every exhibition…is so important to me. Even if it small and group show. As always exploring new painting………that’s most important thing I think.

What are your plans for the coming year?

Planning 4th Solo exhibition in Korea. Want to find venue to show my art in London. I want to have a solo show in London in near future. Now I’m preparing to apply artist in residencies

Latest artwork - View all by this artist

  • Pure White Blessing 1
  • Comforting Series 1
  • Mindscape 3
  • Blessing Series 8
  • By Faith
  • Blessing Series 3
  • Blessing Series 7
  • Desire Series 1
  • White Blessing Series 2-3
  • Blessing Series 6
  • Mindscape - 1
  • BOK-Blessing Series O-1
  • Orange Series Desire 1
  • Purple Series Absorbing 3
  • Praising Series 2
  • Mind The Gap 4
  • Lime Green Series Core 4
  • Lime Green Series Core 1
  • Orange Series Desire 2
  • Attraction Series 4: Dragon Fly Patched...
  • Purple Series Absorbing 1
  • Triple Belief

Artist's statement


In my paintings I primarily aim at projecting my innermost feelings and thoughts onto the canvas so as to create an 'affect' without the need for words.

My works develop through spontaneous and spiritual reactions to the physicality of the materials and previous layers. By following my intuition, each layer forming the composition acts as a metaphor for personality and inner emotions. I contain and seal my feelings and thoughts in the layers of my paintings.

Through overlapping transparent layers, I am able to suppress any negative parts of my inner emotions that may inevitably occur through the development of my work. However, whilst suppressing these thoughts, the transparent aesthetics make it impossible to disguise them and reveal them through and through.

Each painting is a struggle between disguise and revelation. As each part of the painting evolves, so do my inner feelings.

I am interested in the tension created within the juxtaposition of delicate lines and expansive layers of colour, which often creates unexpected spaces.

For me, each painting is an endless puzzle, which is hard to solve but attractive to complete. With no limitations, the creation of each painting offers infinite possibilities.




2007   MA in Fine Art Practice and Theory: Painting, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, UK

2004     BFA Painting, Hong Ik University, Seoul, Korea


Solo Exhibition:

2009     MIND THE GAP / Gallery Young, Seoul, Korea

2009     BLESSING / Moontree Gallery, Bournemouth, UK

2003     ATTRACTION / Theatre Choo Gallery, Seoul, Korea


Selected Exhibition:

2012     The 5th 4482[SASAPARI] MAP THE KOREA / Oxo tower, Bargehouse, London, UK

               EXCLUSIVE ASIAN ART Exhibition / HF Contemporary Art-London, Lauderdale House, London

2011     DELAYED SOJOURN KAA/ Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, UK

              NO PLASTIC , 7th artists residency the styrianARTfoundation/HYPO Steiermark BANK Gallery, Graz, Austria

              NordArt 2011, Kunstwerk Carlshütte (KIC Muesum), Büdelsdorf , Germany

              NO PLASTIC 7th artists residency the StyrianARTfoundation/ ORF Steiermark, Graz, Austria

              SPICE Asian Exhibition / HF Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

              Group Show and Gallery Week-end BERLINE 2011 / HF Contemporary Art - Berlin, Germany

              The 4th 4482[SASAPARI] RHIZOSPHERE / Oxo tower Bargehouse, London, UK

               HF Contemporary Art Group Show / HF Contemporary Art Gallery 2, Berlin, Germany

2010      Christmas Group Show / HF Contemporary Art Gallery 2, Berlin, Germany

               New Works Festival Concert / John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK

                -PhD Jee Soo Shin Composed Contemporary music inspired by White Blessing Series 2-2

                Grand Opening Group Exhibition / HF Contemporary Art Gallery 2, Berlin, Germany

                Invisible Bounds KAA / Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, UK

                Artsdepot Open 2010 / Apthorp Gallery, London, UK

                Pentland Finchley Community Festival Exhibition / Victoria Park, London, UK

                 Art Aution(St. Mary-at-Finchley Organ Appeal Charity No 1131595 ) / St. Mary Hall, London

                 4482-2010 Korean Contemporary Artists in London/ Oxo tower Bargehouse, London, UK

2009        Anniversary Ⅲ / Gallery Young, Seoul, Korea

                 Story of wedding / Gallery Gac, Seoul, Korea

2008        Chocolate Factory Open Studios/ Chocolate Factory Studios, London, UK

                 Spirit and Suit Joint Exhibition / The Link Gallery, Winchester, UK

2007        MA Degree Show / Winchester School of Art, Winchester, UK

                  Interim Show / Winchester School of Art,Winchester, UK

                  Childhood Memory Voyage WSA / Gallery Slaturhusið, Egilsstadir, Iceland                

                  -Funded by Menningarrað Austurlands - Cultural Council of East Iceland:

2004         BFA Degree Show / Hong Ik University Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2003         Go into Piano Forest /Polimedia Theater, Seoul, Korea


Artist in Residency:

2011   7. Styrian artists-exam, Topic: No Plastic, styrianARTfoundation, Graz, Austria

Awards / Grants:

2010        Artsdepot Open 2010 Competition Finalist


Commission/ Project:

2011       Wall painting for Director Seung Wan Ryoo Retrospective Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London

2010       Wall painting for Director Sang Soo Hong Special Movie Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London



2011      re IMAGINE Contemporary Art, Artnow International Corporation, USA

2010      One World One Art, Artnow International Corporation, USA

Recently sold artwork

  • Desiring Series 5
  • Orange Series Desiring 4
  • Desiring 2
  • Mind The Gap 9
  • Blessing 3-1
  • White Blessing Series 2-1
  • Purple Series Absorbing 2